Dad took own life after suffering painful back injury — (The Sentinel)

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The Sentinel

September 13, 2013

FATHER-of-two Jason Bryan left rosary beads on his pillow hours before he killed himself, an inquest heard.

Mr  Bryan, of Wedgwood Road, Barlaston, suffered from bouts of depression after he was forced to quit his job as a factory worker, aged 30, due to chronic back pain.

A keen motorcyclist, the 41-year-old was involved in a number of accidents which left him with a back injury.

An inquest at North Staffordshire Coroner’s court heard he became depressed after not being able to work.

Mr Bryan attempted to kill himself by taking an overdose of tablets seven years before his death.

After this, he was seen by staff at Harplands Hospital, the inquest heard.

Mr Bryan received counselling for anger management and was prescribed medication to help with his depression.

His body was found near Wedgwood train station after he walked onto the tracks in front of a train at 9.41am on October 10 last year. North Staffordshire coroner Ian Smith ruled that he committed suicide.

He was last seen at home earlier that morning by his partner, Helen Powell, who then left to bring their daughter to school. When she returned, he was gone.

Miss Powell told the hearing she searched the house for him and found rosary beads on his pillow but no note.

A post-mortem examination found Mr Bryan died of multiple injuries.

Recording a verdict of suicide, coroner Ian Smith said: “I am sure Jason intended to take his life.  It was very much an impulsive, spur of the moment decision.”